Black Diamond (Angie Stone album)

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Black Diamond
Angie Stone - Black Diamond.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)
Recorded1998–1999
Genre
Length54:46
LabelArista
Producer
Angie Stone chronology
Black Diamond
(1999)
Mahogany Soul
(2001)
Singles from Black Diamond
  1. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Life Story"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Everyday"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Hot Press9/12[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]

Black Diamond is the debut studio album by American singer Angie Stone. It was released on September 28, 1999, by Arista Records. The album is named after Stone's then-teenaged daughter Diamond Ti'ara.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Freedom (Intro)"Angie StoneStone0:42
2."No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
Stone4:42
3."Green Grass Vapors"
  • Aaron Lyles
  • Stephanie Bolton
  • Aaron "Freedom" Lyles
  • Stone
4:14
4."Everyday"
Russell Elevado3:28
5."Coulda Been You"
  • Stone
  • Sekou Aiken
  • Rex Rideout
  • Phil Temple
  • Rideout
  • Temple
  • Stone
4:25
6."Visions"DJ U-Neek3:31
7."Life Story"
4:07
8."Just a Pimp"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:12
9."Trouble Man"Marvin Gaye
  • Stone
  • Lyles
2:33
10."Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)"Muhammad5:19
11."Man Loves His Money"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:11
12."Love Junkie"Stone
  • Stone
  • Lyles
4:18
13."Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)"StoneStone1:35
14."Heaven Help" (bonus track)
DeVeaux3:19
15."Don't Wanna Ride Without You" (hidden track)Stone 4:10
Total length:54:46

Notes

  • ^a signifies an additional producer
  • ^b signifies a remixer

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Black Diamond.[11]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Angie Stone – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 8, 9, 11–13); recording engineering, mix engineering, executive production
  • Aaron "Freedom" Lyles – production (tracks 3, 8, 9, 11, 12); recording engineering, mix engineering
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad – production (track 10); recording engineering
  • Russell Elevado – production (track 4)
  • Rex Rideout – production (track 5); engineering assistance
  • Phil Temple – production (track 5)
  • DJ U-Neek – production (track 6)
  • Gerry DeVeaux – production (tracks 7, 14); executive production
  • Cutfather & Joe – remix, additional production (track 7); mix engineering
  • Aaron Connor – recording engineering
  • Tim Donovan – recording engineering, mix engineering
  • Tim Hunt – recording engineering
  • Eli Lishinsky – recording engineering
  • Kevin "K.D." Davis – mix engineering
  • Tony Maserati – mix engineering
  • Mads Nilsson – mix engineering
  • Soul Spin – mix engineering
  • Denise Barbarita – engineering assistance
  • Erik Fryland – engineering assistance
  • Charles McCrorey – engineering assistance
  • Jeff Gregory – engineering assistance
  • Susanne Savage – production coordination
  • Miriam Gonzales – production coordination
  • Jo Jones – production coordination
  • Lesvia Castro – production coordination
  • Coen Antonisse – production coordination
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering
  • Peter Edge – executive production

Artwork[edit]

  • Margery Greenspan – art direction
  • Sheri G. Lee – art direction, design
  • Ruven Afanador – photography
  • Phil Knott – back cover photography
  • Angie Stone – collage construction
  • Lori Demsey – collage construction

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
United States September 28, 1999 Standard Arista [22][23]
Germany November 8, 1999 CD BMG [24]
Canada February 8, 2000 [25]
Japan February 16, 2000 EMI [9]
United Kingdom February 28, 2000 Arista [7]
Germany March 20, 2000 Reissue BMG [26]
Various September 18, 2012 Digital download Deluxe
  • BRM
  • Peace Bisquit
[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LaVeck, Theresa E. "Black Diamond – Angie Stone". AllMusic. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Morgan, Laura (November 19, 1999). "Black Diamond". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Porcelli, Kim (March 2, 2000). "Black Diamond". Hot Press. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Byrd, Ayana (October 14, 1999). "Angie Stone: Black Diamond". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 1, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  5. ^ Easlea, Daryl (2012). "Review of Angie Stone – Black Diamond". BBC Music. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Stone,Angie – Black Diamond – CD (1999)". musicline.de (in German). Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Black Diamond: Angie Stone". Amazon. United Kingdom. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "Stone,Angie – Black Diamond – CD (2000)". musicline.de (in German). Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Black Diamond : Angie Stone". HMV Japan. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "Black Diamond (Deluxe Edition) by Angie Stone". iTunes Store. United States. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  11. ^ Black Diamond (liner notes). Angie Stone. Arista Records. 1999. 07822-19092-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Angie Stone – Black Diamond" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Angie Stone – Black Diamond". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  16. ^ "Angie Stone Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Angie Stone Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Angie Stone – Black Diamond" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved June 30, 2019. Enter Black Diamond in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Angie Stone – Black Diamond". British Phonographic Industry. October 18, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Black Diamond in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Angie Stone – Black Diamond". Recording Industry Association of America. February 2, 2000. Retrieved September 27, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  22. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone (CD)". Amazon. United States. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  23. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone (cassette)". Amazon. United States. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  24. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone". Amazon (in German). Germany. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  25. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone". Amazon. Canada. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  26. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone". Amazon (in German). Germany. Retrieved February 13, 2020.